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Kadabra Retired From Stallion Duty

Published: January 14, 2021 8:35 am ET

Last Comment: January 16, 2021 11:55 am ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Trot Insider has learned that Hall of Fame trotting sire Kadabra has been pensioned from stallion duty.

After sustaining an injury to his right hock in November 2020, personnel at Tara Hills Stud — where Kadabra stood — decided to sideline the 22-year-old stallion from breeding duty. It has since been decided that one of Canada's most prolific sires would be retired permanently from its roster of stallions.

"It is with great sadness that we announce Kadabra’s retirement from stud duty," said David Heffering of Tara Hills Stud in a statement on Thursday (Jan. 14). "Kadabra leaves a great legacy and influence on the Standardbred breed, not only in Ontario, but industry wide. Over the course of a 17-year stallion career, Kadabra has cemented his place as one of the all-time great trotting stallions with progeny earnings of over $101 million. Champion fillies and colts included Bee A Magician, Emoticon Hanover, Daylon Magician, Flanagan Memory, Caprice Hill, Forbidden Trade, Poof Shes Gone, Will Take Charge, and many more.

"It has been a great honour for us to have cared for and managed Kadabra throughout his stallion career. Thank you for your support over the years."

The Illinois-bred son of Primrose Lane and Quillo enjoyed outstanding success on the racetrack, winning 10 of 14 races as a two-year-old before an unforgettable sophomore season which saw him win another 11 races and bank nearly $1.6 million.

After winning the Stanley Dancer and the American-National in the summer of his three-year-old campaign, Kadabra strung together four wins in as many tries north of the 49th parallel, registering clean sweeps in the 2002 Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown.

Wins in the Arther Cutler Memorial and Titan Cup highlighted his brief four-year-old season, which brought a 25-win, $2.1 million showing on the racetrack to its conclusion. And though mightily successful on the racetrack, it was through his career a stallion that Kadabra marked himself as a true game changer in Canadian harness racing.

All told, Kadabra sired over 1,300 horses, with 926 having made the races, 147 taking marks of 1:55 or faster, and eight earning at least $1 million in their respective racing careers. His dominance on the racetrack and in the breeding shed alike earned him the highest distinction in Canadian horse racing possible: a place in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2012.

Bee A Magician - 2015 Maple Leaf Trot

After his induction into the Hall, his offspring just kept getting better. Among his top performers include quadruple millionaire Bee A Magician, who won a Breeders Crown in 2013 and collected O'Brien Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2015; two-time Breeders Crown winner Emoticon Hanover; and 2019 Hambletonian and Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year winner Forbidden Trade.

January 16, 2021 - 11:55 amWhat a grand sire and

What a grand sire and champion trotter. Enjoy your well deserved retirement.

Janelle Scherbik

January 15, 2021 - 12:44 pmPrayers for this wonderful

Prayers for this wonderful boy. I hope he gets to enjoy a LONG retirement.


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